Android Ice Cream Sandwich due in October/November

Android 4.0, the next version of Google's mobile phone and tablet operating system, has been going by the code name Ice Cream Sandwich. Until Wednesday, Google has been fairly vague about when Android 4.0 will be made available. Now Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking at the Dreamforce 2011 conference, told Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, "We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone's really excited about."

Android 4.0 will basically merge the two separate versions of Android into one. Android 2.3 is currently used for smartphones and smaller tablets while Android 3.2 is used for higher end tablet devices. So far Google has been keeping most of the details about Android 4.0 a secret, although some screenshots that reportedly show off Android 4.0's user interface were leaked onto the Internet last month. However, the OS is expected to make its first appearance inside the Droid Prime, a smartphone made by Samsung, that Verizon is expected to launch sometime in October.

Android continues to be the number one smartphone operating system. In August the NPD Group reported that over half of all smartphones sold in the US in the second quarter of 2011 were based on Android, and made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and others. However, Apple's iPhone continues to be the biggest competitor to Android in the smartphone marketplace. That same NPD study said 29 percent of all smartphones sold in the US in the second quarter were using the iOS operating system shipped in Apple iPhones.

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This is just another reason Android rocks while IPhone garbage sucks. Take that apple fail and when you stop failing then drop me a line with"We know we are greedy and all we care about is money and screwing customers,We admit that our way is and always was"The wrong way"and we want to work closely and play fair now so that we all benefit and we will no longer use treachery and lousy tricks to get what we want."."We will not hate competition like we have in the past as that was another error on our part and we apologize and we see now that, competition makes sense"

soldier1st said,
This is just another reason Android rocks while IPhone garbage sucks. Take that apple fail and when you stop failing then drop me a line with"We know we are greedy and all we care about is money and screwing customers,We admit that our way is and always was"The wrong way"and we want to work closely and play fair now so that we all benefit and we will no longer use treachery and lousy tricks to get what we want."."We will not hate competition like we have in the past as that was another error on our part and we apologize and we see now that, competition makes sense"

I don't like android or ios, I actually have a nexus s and it's plagued as usual just like the rest of the android phones I have had. Havent had a whole lot of usage with ios but i know its smooth, secure and way more stable. I also have an htc trophy that is by far the best of the three...wp7

smooth3006 said,
i just want to see it in action, the devs will port it to most devices anyways.

probably mostly true. But the average consumer cares nothing about that, It's not like my mom or my wife is gonna flashe an ics rom on their fascinate and droid x

Digitalx said,
Lets hope it won't take 8+ months to deploy to existing devices.

Unfortunately that is the case we have to deal with. You see most Android devices are built with the manufacturers own framework on top of it. Google releases the OS but Samsung (TouchWiz), HTC (Sense) and Motorola (Blur) have built a framework on top of that. It's up to the manufacturers to develop and test the compatibility and ultimately it's then up to the Network Providers to approve the release for each phone.

Sprint is notorious for releasing the updates fast, but they are also notorious for having many updates pushed out to the device. Verizon is notorious for rejecting the manufacturer updates until they feel it is up to their standards.

Your only options are to wait or Root and boot a ROM that has the latest update. Or you can just get a Nexus device.

UndergroundWire said,

Unfortunately that is the case we have to deal with. You see most Android devices are built with the manufacturers own framework on top of it. Google releases the OS but Samsung (TouchWiz), HTC (Sense) and Motorola (Blur) have built a framework on top of that. It's up to the manufacturers to develop and test the compatibility and ultimately it's then up to the Network Providers to approve the release for each phone.

Sprint is notorious for releasing the updates fast, but they are also notorious for having many updates pushed out to the device. Verizon is notorious for rejecting the manufacturer updates until they feel it is up to their standards.

Your only options are to wait or Root and boot a ROM that has the latest update. Or you can just get a Nexus device.

agreed...the average android user won't see ics till the middle of next year if ever

megalosdog said,

agreed...the average android user won't see ics till the middle of next year if ever

And XOOM users will wait until America has a female president

limok said,

And XOOM users will wait until America has a female president

??? I think it will be one of the first non Nexus devices to get the update. Why? The Xoom is the reference device used for Honeycomb. Time will tell.

limok said,

And XOOM users will wait until America has a female president

even though sarah palin is not running id vote for her is she would flash the boobies!

smooth3006 said,

even though sarah palin is not running id vote for her is she would flash the boobies!

The very thought of this makes me want to gouge out my eyes and wish we did not live in the same universe. How we got stuck with her in our universe I will never understand.

NiteJammin said,

The very thought of this makes me want to gouge out my eyes and wish we did not live in the same universe. How we got stuck with her in our universe I will never understand.

like it or not shes a milf!

Sweet. It'll be nice to see Android 4.0, iOS 5.0, and Windows Phone 7.5 all get released this Fall and go head-to-head. Too bad Blackberry 8.0 won't be released until sometime in 2012. I don't think RIM will be a major player for very much longer. With webOS and Symbian pretty much now dead or dying, it'll be a three way fight between Google, Apple, and Microsoft in the mobile OS market for the foreseeable future.

sabrex said,
Sweet. It'll be nice to see Android 4.0, iOS 5.0, and Windows Phone 7.5 all get released this Fall and go head-to-head. Too bad Blackberry 8.0 won't be released until sometime in 2012. I don't think RIM will be a major player for very much longer. With webOS and Symbian pretty much now dead or dying, it'll be a three way fight between Google, Apple, and Microsoft in the mobile OS market for the foreseeable future.

RIM is in third place. Microsoft is battling RIM for that position. Just saying.

"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

mrbester said,
"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

Quite agree. He shouldn't be saying that sort of thing. I think it's quite a clever name, including as it does overtones of merging, and an almost-universally-liked dairy product.

mrbester said,
"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

Yeah, it's a very weird thing to say...

mrbester said,
"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

You don't get the tone of voice from an article, he could have just been joking / being sarcastic.

rvdv said,

You don't get the tone of voice from an article, he could have just been joking / being sarcastic.

Maybe John should have put a or '/s'.

mrbester said,
"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

You read too much into it. All it means is that he doesn't like the name.

UndergroundWire said,

You read too much into it. All it means is that he doesn't like the name.


I agree with you, called UndergroundWire for some reason.

FMH said,

I agree with you, called UndergroundWire for some reason.

You do know that this "news" post is based on a Salesforce.com Key Note speech, right? So why not go directly to the source instead of reading this poorly cited "news" story?

Watch the video, then you get a sense of the tone in his voice about the ICS name. You can "hear" him rolling his eyes. It's kinda like what I do when I read your posts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDl5hb0XbfY

While I'm at it, Android 2.3 is meant for Smartphones only. Android 3.0 - 3.1 were meant for large tablets and Android 3.2 added support for smaller tablets. So essentially Android 3.2 is for Tablets only. Author didn't make that clear. What manufactures are doing is not what Google wants. Which is why Google didn't fully open source Android 3.0+ (they didn't want it on smartphones).

Edited by UndergroundWire, Sep 8 2011, 12:32pm :

UndergroundWire said,

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I was JOKING, for goodness sake. Now it's you who didn't got the tone of my voice. Even when I explicitly put a 'rofl', you missed my joke?

mrbester said,
"called Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason"? Either he has no knowledge of the naming convention of the OS or he is being dismissive of the development team. Neither is particularly attractive in a CEO

Eric alway's been a huge sarcasm fan, I believe this quote should be considered as sarcasm.